Pop Up Produce March and April Volunteer Opporunities

Ever wonder how you can volunteer with Pop Up Produce and our community planting hubs, where supplies from our “buy one, donate one” program are allocated? Here are some hands-on opportunities to get involved with Pop Up Produce for March and April. Below are some of the Charlotte locations where a portion of the Fresh Start Kit purchases are allocated to families in food deserts by empowering and educating residents to grow their own food.

Druid Hills Community Garden

2801 Poinsett Street, Charlotte,NC 28206

  • March 29, 2017 and April 15, 2017

  • Volunteer by helping rebuild the 16 garden garden beds

  • Interested? Contact Nadine at endfd@yahoo.com

Healing Communities through Play

  • March 29, 2017

  • Volunteer from 9-1 or 12-4

  • Please Join Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Cunningham Recreation & The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Metro Division March 29th 2017 for the “Healing Communities Through Play” Playground Build at Druid Hills Neighborhood Park, 2801 Poinsett Street.

  • Lunch is provided for "Builders". To make sure you get lunch and a free tshirt, please sign up with Lori.Saylor@MecklenburgCountyNC.Gov or go to https://volunteerweb.mecklenburgcountync.gov/.

Little Sugar Creek Garden

Corner of E.17th and N. Alexander, Charlotte, NC 28205

  • A planting date is tentatively scheduled for March 25-26, 2017

  • There are lots of volunteer opportunities available, from initial planting to ongoing water maintenance and other garden related tasks.

  • Interested in volunteering? Contact Nadine at endfd@yahoo.com

Barringer Academic Center Garden

1546 Walton Road, Charlotte, NC 28208

  • Volunteer opportunities range from helping Leah, Barringer's FoodCorps member, with students in the garden as well as with cooking demonstrations. Please note these volunteer opportunities will take place during school hours.

  • Interested in volunteering? Contact Leah at leah.hindel@foodcorps.org

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Photo courtesy of walker-visual.com

Garden Educational Opportunities Available

Little Sugar Creek teaches:

  • Home composting (different methods)

  • Garden bed preparation ( we normally do a cradle to plate concept but since we've turned our plots, this would be start at the second step of soil testing and adding nutrients)

  • Soil testing

  • Starting from seed

  • Starting from seedlings

  • Maintaining a garden (feeding, weeding, suckering, debugging)

  • Harvesting

  • Winter garden wrap up

Sustainable Living Series

  • The Sustainable Living Series runs classes from February to November, with an aim at broadening citizens knowledge of food literacy, gardening and cooking skills.

  • You can learn more about the series at go.ncsu.edu/sls

  • Additionally, you can learn about other offerings that are a part of the program, like horticulture and 4h that Kristin Davis, Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension, leads here: https://mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/site-mecklenburg-2/

Packaging Parties

Packaging parties are a great way to volunteer with Pop Up Produce. During a packaging party you’ll get to help put together the Fresh Start Kits! We’ll be having one in early April so stay tuned! Check out our recap of our recent packaging party with Delta Zeta!

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Photo courtesy of walker-visual.com

Upcoming April Volunteer Events

(more information to follow)

If you’re interested in coming out to help plant in the gardens, please email: popupproduceclt@gmail.com with the dates you are available. This is a great opportunity for our Fresh Start Kit owners to be involved with locations around town where their “buy one, donate one” Fresh Start Kit supplies are going!

Grier Heights Community Garden Planting

Bruns Academy Garden Planting

  • Friday, April 28, 2017

  • Time: Morning, TBD

Lincoln Heights Community Garden Planting

Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center Garden Planting

  • Date and Time TBD

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Photo courtesy of walker-visual.com

Other locations:

  • Date and Time TBD

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